Play Based Learning Adelaide.
At Emali Early Learning Centre we are firm believers and advocates for play based learning.
Catering for children from 6 weeks to 5 years of age. We ensure we support every child’s individual strengths and interests. We believe transforming a child’s personal interest into a learning process allows them to develop their own experiences and share their achievements with our team and other children.
What is Play-based Learning?
‘ … for the EYLF to be implemented properly, all early childhood educators need to know what play is, why it is important, how to implement and assess a play-based program and their role in it.’ (¹)
Play-based learning is when children are able to explore their environment and play while learning from their experiences.
When children initiate play they become more motivated to learn. As a result, this has become a part of the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) Curriculum as it is a vital part of how children learn.
It is a very healthy and fun way for children to learn about their surroundings and develop communication skills and furthermore builds curiosity and interest.
Play is vital to the growth and development of children. Activities that stimulate their senses are a great way of developing motor skills.
Although these activities and experiences are essentially learning tools, doing them in a fun play way is foundation of play-based learning.
Counting and reading through play can help children learn faster and certainly will benefit from the skills they learn from playing, in the future.
What are the benefits of play?
It provides opportunities to improve fine motor and gross motor skills and maintain physical health.
Play helps to develop imagination and creativity
Play provides an environment in which to practice social skills
Long periods of uninterrupted play build children’s concentration and the inner motivation to take responsibility for their own learning.
A positive sense of self is important in facilitating ongoing learning.
Play-based Learning at Childcare
Many childcare centres have introduced play-based learning as part of their curriculum.
Being outdoors, exploring a natural, safe environment and interacting with their surroundings helps stimulate a child’s mind.
Finally, through play they learn to overcome challenges and fears, and to try new things.
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